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Good turn out has curling club thinking positive about its future

By Ken Johnston

There is no concrete word as to the future of the Rainy River Curling Club yet, but things do look positive that the club will keep its doors open this winter.
At a make or break registration night this past Friday, a good crowd turned out, including many people who have not curled in a number of years, new people from Rainy River and Baudette.
Curling Club President Ralph Armstrong said that with some executive members away, they did not have time to get together over the weekend to crunch numbers but, “It looked and sounds very positive for the club. Late in the evening the wife (Deb) said that we had about 63 people signed up.” Armstrong noted that many of those were one or two members of a team so that means they have others in the works to curl on their team, which will likely see the number of curlers get up to the 80-90 adults needed to keep it viable.
That coupled with the welcome news last week that the Town of Rainy River will kick in $3,450 to help with operating costs, things look good. “We are going to have an executive meeting today or tomorrow and crunch the numbers. But I am feeling the future looks really positive,” said Armstrong Monday morning.
Watch next week’s Record for the final decision.